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Thursday, January 08, 2004
On January 15, 1947, the body of a woman later determined to be 22 year old Elizabeth Short, was found in a vacant lot in Los Angeles. Sawn clean in half. The "Black Dahlia" case has since become one of America's most infamous unsolved crimes. Here's some websites devoted to the case..
Elizabeth Short - The Black Dahlia
The Black Dahlia Website
Black Dahlia Solution?
Larry Harnisch's Site
The crime fiction writer, James Ellroy, whose own mother was murdered, wrote a book on the case. Here's an interview with him..
Last night's Christiania post led me into the "hippy era". Being born in 1961, I was sort of at the tag end of all that, but I spent many years as a "Deadhead". In keeping with the tone of my life, that was during the one era when it wasn't at all hip, say 1975-1985. But hey, now I listen to cutting edge stuff, like Elvis Costello and the Clash....
The sites that follow have varying amounts of very cool stuff, you'll just have to see for yourselves!
Still more hippies!
Finally, a site a cut above the rest. Ken Kesey was not only an early psychedelic pioneer (heck, LSD was LEGAL then!) he was also a great writer - "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" , "Sometimes a Great Notion" . If you've read Thomas Wolfe's book "The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test" , you'll remember the "Merry Pranksters". Well, Prankster Web is a site which tries (and succeeds to a large extent) to collect reminiscences and other source materials from this era while it's still possible. Among other things..
A wonderful gallery of Tuscany photos..
And archaeological finds from the Saar..
Victory City is a design for perfect urban living.
Dutch Masterpieces on the Web
Slovakian Folk Tales
Black American Pulp Fiction
Finally, I found a great site on books, movies and more, called Shelterbelt
Particularly, I enjoyed the "best books from each of the 50 states" and the "top 10 lifetime books" submitted by many readers, famous and/or brainy, from all over. I have to say, though, the new submission by Bill Clinton highlights everything that bothered me about the man. I appreciate his willingness to contribute to such a worthwhile project. However, look at his list! I can just hear the wheels of calculation turning, hmmm, "a couple of Blacks, a Hispanic, a Black Woman, a Southerner, a few to sound 'deep' with. And what's this, Thomas a Kempis, The Imitation of Chris - who the heck's Chris, and why should we want to imitate him??!!
"From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put."
Sir Winston Churchill